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Posted on November 4, 2013 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

See Save the Dates for ONE DAY INTERSESSIONAL MEETING BETWEEN MAJOR GROUPS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS AND THE OPEN WORKING GROUP ON SDGS 22 November, 2013 (9:00 am – 1:00 pm; 2:00 pm – 5:45 pm), UN HQ, New York, NY, Conference Building Room 3.


The event will be an opportunity for stakeholders to put forward suggestions on how to address cross-cutting issues within the deliberations of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and for OWG Co-chairs and Member States and practitioners to exchange on practical approaches to some of the most complex questions of strategic nature that the SDGs OWG has to address. The cross-cutting issues are:


- Practical approaches to rights-based sustainable development goals (SDGs) that include the three dimensions of sustainable development:

- SDGs designed to eradicate poverty, mitigate inequalities and lead to inclusiveness:

- Making good governance and multi-stakeholder partnerships the building blocks of the SDGs:

- Designing SDGs that foster human and economic development within planetary boundaries:


See attached for more details.


The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) will hold its Second Session from 2-6 December 2013 in the Trusteeship Council Chamber. During this Session, an interactive multistakeholder dialogue will be organized on Thursday 5 December, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will be open to all.

This interactive dialogue will be divided into two parts:


-a briefing from the Co-chairs on the work of the Committee, followed by questions and answers from the floor from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.;


-presentations from a panel composed of four representatives from NGOs, business and industry sectors and other Major Groups engaged in the Rio+20 Conference and the Financing for Development process, followed by an open discussion with the audience, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.



Further information will be posted here:


Rio + 20 NGO Major Group

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We are delighted to announce that Philipp Schönrock, Director, Cepei based in Bogota, Colombia ([email protected]) has agreed to serve as NGO Organizing Partner during this interim period until new procedures for the nomination of OPs are adopted within the framework of the newly established HLPF. We thank Luis Flores of Consumers International for his outstanding service as OP in the lead up to Rio+20 grateful for his continued support and leadership.


Intersessional Mtg Update -- Speaker Nominations due by Friday, 1 November


As previously transmitted, there will be a one day Intersessional Mtg between Major Groups/other stakeholders and the OWG on SDGs, taking place on Friday, 22 November just before the 5th OWG session 25-27 November. The UN has limited funding to bring experts to the OWG Intersessional and OWG5, so we need to promptly identify speakers and experts to process their travel. The Steering Committee responsible for organizing the programme is looking for moderators and experts to speak on the following cross-cutting issues:

Practical approaches to rights-based sustainable development goals (SDGs) that include the three dimensions of sustainable development

SDGs designed to eradicate poverty, mitigate inequalities and lead to inclusiveness

Making good governance and multi-stakeholder partnerships the building blocks of the SDGs

Designing SDGs that foster human and economic development within planetary boundaries

Please send your nominations (include CV/bio & area of expertise) by Friday, 1 November, to NGO MG representative on the Steering Committee: Sameer Dossani, International Advocacy Coordinator, [email protected]


Steering Committee Nominations to organize Multistakeholder Dialogue with SD Financing Committee due by Monday, 4 November


The SD Financing Committee has agreed to a half day interactive multistakeholder dialogue on Thursday 5 December, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. open to all. They have agreed that the dialogue would be organized by a steering committee (as we are doing for the intersessional). The steering committee is to be composed of eight members: 4 from the Major Groups and 4 from the Financing for Development (FfD) secretariat that will be selecting NGOs and Private sector representatives.

See attached document approved by the co-chairs of the SD Financing Committee for selection criteria and more details. Members will come from organizations that have engaged in sustainable development financing either through advocacy, research or in-country work, including experts on financing for development, environmental finance, climate finance, urban finance, socially responsible investing, etc.


The deadline for nominations is Monday, 4 November. The Secretariat (DESA and FfD) will make recommendations to the co-chairs of the SD Financing Committee who will make the final selection. NGOs should send their nominations (includeCV/bio & area of expertise) to Chantal Line Carpentier, DESA Major Groups Programme Coordinator at [email protected] and Daniel Platz, Economic Affairs Officer, FfD Office/DESA at [email protected]


Sincerely yours,



Jeffery Huffines, CIVICUS

Leida Rijnout, ANPED

Philipp Schönrock, Cepei


Indigenous Womens: Outcome of media activities in Lima

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Hello all:

here is the initial outcome of media activities in Lima. Thank you to all who made this such a success, especially Chirapaq! It was a great warm-up for the CoP in Lima in 2014.

Warm regards, Coimbra

Agence France-Presse

















Andina (Peru)





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Associated Press Photo (US)



Associated Press (US) – conference opening









Associated Press (US) – press conference













Associated Press Video (US)







Deutsche Presse Agentur (Germany)





EFE (Spain) – conference opening











EFE (Spain) – challenges for indigenous women





EFE photo slideshow (Spain)



HispanTV (Iran)



La Mula (Peru)



La Primera (Peru)



La República (Peru)



SBS – World News Australia Radio (Australia)



TeleSUR (Venezuela) – conference opening







TeleSUR (Venezuela) – press conference



Univision (US)



Xinhua (China)






World Conference of Indigenous Women Urges Speaking With Same Voice

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World Conference of Indigenous Women Urges Speaking With Same Voice


Barbara Fraser



Indigenous women around the world suffer from various forms of violence, from child marriage and domestic violence to loss of the land that sustains them and their families, according to participants at the World Conference of Indigenous Women held October 28 to 30 in Lima, Peru.


“We speak with the same voice. We have the same problems across the world,” said Agnes Leina, executive director of Il'laramatak Community Concerns, which works to empower girls and women in traditional herder communities in Kenya.


As corporations move in to build roads, open mines and obtain rights to water sources, especially in northern Kenya, “We are being pushed from our land, and the people most affected are the women and children,” she told reporters on the last day of the conference.


Indigenous women also have less access to health care and education, she said. Women often must walk miles to the nearest health center. Those who are seriously ill may die along the way, and pregnant women sometimes give birth before they reach a health-care facility, she said.


Women in those communities “are largely illiterate, so the cycle of poverty goes round and round,” she said.


In Latin America, which is home to more than 23 million indigenous women of more than 670 peoples, maternal mortality and teenage pregnancy rates are higher among indigenous than non-indigenous women, according to a new study published by the U.N. Economic Council for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).


The region has made some progress in education, with more indigenous girls completing primary school, but far fewer girls than boys continue to high school or beyond, said Fabiana del Popolo of ECLAC.


“We indigenous women want to stop being invisible and become visible,” said Tarcila Rivera Zea, a Quechua woman from Peru who heads Chirapaq, an indigenous advocacy organization that helped organize the Lima event. Using data from national censuses, as the Latin America study did, women can propose policy changes to benefit themselves and their families, she said.


Some women seek change within their own communities. Elsa Cárdenas, a Quechua woman from the southern Peruvian highlands, called for a change in her community’s rules that would give women voice and vote in assemblies, which are currently open only to men, single women and widows.


In other cases, problems must be tackled on a global scale.


Canada’s northernmost reaches are suffering “extreme impacts” from global climate change, said Ruth Massie, grand chief of the Council of First Yukon Nations.


“We see the effects in our animals, birds and plants,” she said. “Migration routes of our animals have changed, our birds are fewer, our plants are affected by pollutants in the water, which we never had before.”


Those changes add to the toll on health, as people’s diets shift more toward processed foods, she said.


Despite the shared problems, there are hopeful signs in some countries. Myrna Cunningham, of the Center for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples (CADPI) in Nicaragua, said that 30 percent of her country’s land is now recognized as indigenous territory, although some communities still struggle to gain control over their territory.


That, she said, is a sign that “things can change, and women have a key role to play in that change.”


At the event, which was designed as a lead-up to the 2014 U.N. World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, director of Tebtebba, an indigenous policy and education organization in the Philippines, urged a greater decision-making role for indigenous women.


“We are the ones who carry the burdens of making our families survive and sustaining the ecosystem,” she said. “Our message to the United Nations, governments and corporations is that they should work with us and not against us, because we have solutions to many of the environmental, social, economic and cultural crises that (the world faces) today.”




A High-Level Panel Discussion: Africa's Innovation in Governance through 10 years of the APRM

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The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations, the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Secretariat are co-organizing a series of events to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the African Peer Review Mechanism ([email protected]). These events are taking place during Africa-NEPAD Week on 21-25 October 2013 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on the margins of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly Debate on Africa. OSAA would like to extend an invitation to the following events:

A High-Level Panel Discussion: Africa's Innovation in Governance through 10 years of the APRM

Monday, 21 October 2013, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, ECOSOC

UNDP partners with the World Climate Summit 2013 #COP19

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October 16, 2013 (Warsaw, Copenhagen and London) United Nations Development Program, ( has joined the World Climate Summit, Warsaw, Poland as an institutional partner.

As part of World Climate's Global Agenda, sustainable innovation is a prominent theme and driver of the World Climate Summit. This is why the United Nations Development Program's partnership is crucial to the debate and actions delivered by the World Climate Summit.

Veerle Vandeweerd, Environment & Energy Group Director, stated “UNDP is pleased to once again be a partner of the World Climate Summit at COP 19 in Warsaw. Addressing climate change is a critical component of achieving sustainable human development. A profound transformation is needed to more resource-efficient, inclusive and resilient forms of growth, while also taking into account impacts, particularly on the poor and vulnerable, of climate-related events. UNDP is actively supporting developing countries to strengthen their capacities to move towards low-emission and climate-resilient development which further advances national development priorities and poverty reduction. Our collaboration with the World Climate Summit is yet another way to inspire constructive dialogue on the right mix of policies, skills, and incentives needed to influence behavior change and encourage investments in climate-friendly businesses and activities, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate new economic opportunities and jobs.”

With the Patronage of the Mayor of Warsaw, The World Climate Summit, is part of a joint event called Climate Solutions, consisting of the World Climate Summit on Sunday November 17th and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Business Day on Monday November 18th. Climate Solutions is organised in association with the United Nations Development Program. 

Over 300 high-level delegates from companies and institutions have already registered, including: 3M, ABB, Aviva, British American Tobacco, Bayer, BMW, Bosch, Carrefour, Cemex, Chevron, Coca Cola, Danfoss, Deloitte, EDF, GlaxoSmithKline, IKEA, KPMG, Loreal, Maersk, METRO Group, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Chemical, Munich RE, Nestlé, Novozymes, Orange, PGE, Procter & Gamble, PwC, RWE, Sanofi, Santander, Shell, Siemens, Skanska, T-Mobile, TOTAL, Toyota, Unilever.



About The United Nations Development Programme: UNDP is the United Nation's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

About the World Climate Summit: The World Climate Summit is the largest and most high-profile private sector conference during the UNFCCC COP and will be part of CLIMATE SOLUTIONS: a two-day business event during COP19, Warsaw, Poland. The fourth annual edition will take place during the 17th of November, 2013, as the premier annual business, finance and government forum alongside the UNFCCC COP19 negotiations. This year's World Climate Summit agenda will be The Road to Paris and will focus on driving Finance, Energy Transformation, Sustainable Innovation and Public Private Partnerships for a global deal in 2015.

About Climate Solutions: For the first time this year, World Climate Ltd and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development are collaborating to provide a complementary series of activities over two days alongside the annual UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP19) in Warsaw, Poland and organise the largest business platform for debate and action: CLIMATE SOLUTIONS. These two days (17th Nov. World Climate Summit and 18th Nov. Business Day) bring together business, global institutions and government leaders to discuss solutions, actions and policies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Warsaw will mark the halfway point from the decisions in Durban to a climate change agreement in Paris in 2015, when a global deal will be adopted.

PARIS21: Engineering a Development Data Revolution

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To “leave no one behind”, we need a development data revolution. Despite much progress since the MDGs were launched, more effort is needed to ensure the supply and use of data that allows the targeting of support to the most needy people.

The PARIS21 “Engineering a Data Revolution” side event at the UN General Assembly confirmed the need for better, faster and more accessible data for bringing poverty down to zero and achieving sustainable development, as you can see in the video. To keep the conversation going, we welcome your reaction to the attached note on a data revolution and what a global partnership on development data could look like.

More than 40 representatives from countries, national statistical offices, international organizations and CSO’s debated the shape and form of a data revolution revealing a broad consensus around the following key elements: 

  • We need more and better data that makes a difference to and for people, especially those at the fringes of society.
  • Data collection processes should build on country systems and improve alignment between global monitoring needs and strengthening national capacities.
  • Innovation related to new technologies and new forms of co-operation between the public and private sectors should be fostered to leapfrog statistical capacity building at all levels

 Realizing a data revolution will require setting the right incentives to support co-ordination at and between the country, regional and international levels. We also need to see an opening up of minds from data producers and users alike. Since the MDGs were launched, numerous and diverse actors have stepped up to face these challenges, with many achievements and lessons learned. Future success should build on this. PARIS21 is committed to remain at the forefront of these efforts.

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Global Screening of Gold Fever

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Live Green Work Green: A Conference on Sustainable Lives and Sustainable Careers

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Live Green Work Green: A Conference on Sustainable Lives and Sustainable Careers


November 14, 2013

9:30am-3:30pm: Green Living Exhibits

9:30am-1:30pm: Green Career Panels & Keynote Speaker

1:30pm-3:30pm: Green Career Fair


Free to attend.

FREE Yoga at the American Indian Community House!

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Please join AICH each and every Wednesday evening (6pm-7:30pm) for a FREE yoga class with George Hirsch.

6th Annual 2013 NYC Indigenous Day of Remembrance

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Sunday, October 13, 2013


Columbus Circle @59th Street, New York, New York

This year we are asking indigenous peoples and allies to join us in prayer and solidarity in remembrance of the indignenous ancestors who died under the banner of the doctrine of the discovery. The oppression continues. We dare to gather in peace and unity for the future of all people on earth.

*Please bring a dish of food to share.

International Day of the Girl Child

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Theme for 2013: Innovating for Girls’ Education

October 11, 2013

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. For its second observance, this year’s Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”.


The fulfilment of girls’ right to education is first and foremost an obligation and moral imperative. There is also overwhelming evidence that girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves: it is the one consistent positive determinant of practically every desired development outcome, from reductions in mortality and fertility, to poverty reduction and equitable growth, to social norm change and democratization.


While there has been significant progress in improving girls’ access to education over the last two decades, many girls, particularly the most marginalized, continue to be deprived of this basic right. Girls in many countries are still unable to attend school and complete their education due to safety-related, financial, institutional and cultural barriers. Even when girls are in school, perceived low returns from poor quality of education, low aspirations, or household chores and other responsibilities keep them from attending school or from achieving adequate learning outcomes. The transformative potential for girls and societies promised through girls’ education is yet to be realized.


Recognizing the need for fresh and creative perspectives to propel girls’ education forward, the 2013 International Day of the Girl Child will address the importance of new technology, but also innovation in partnerships, policies, resource utilization, community mobilization, and most of all, the engagement of young people themselves.


All UN agencies, Member States, civil society organizations, and private sector actors have potential tools to innovate for and with girls to advance their education. Examples of possible steps include:


Improved public and private means of transportation for girls to get to school—from roads, buses, mopeds, bicycles to boats and canoes;

Collaboration between school systems and the banking industry to facilitate secure and convenient pay delivery to female teachers and scholarship delivery to girls;

Provision of science and technology courses targeted at girls in schools, universities and vocational education programmes;

Corporate mentorship programmes to help girls acquire critical work and leadership skills and facilitate their transition from school to work;

Revisions of school curricula to integrate positive messages on gender norms related to violence, child marriage, sexual and reproductive health, and male and female family roles;

Deploying mobile technology for teaching and learning to reach girls, especially in remote areas.


Earth Day New York

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Earth Day New York in conjunction with the NYU Office of Sustainability presents the


Live Green / Work Green

Sustainability Conference


NYU's Global Center

238 Thompson St.

Thursday, November 14, 2013


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Free to attend.

(Free green giveaways to be provided!)

Earth Day New York in conjunction with the NYU Office of Sustainability is launching a new student engagement conference this year titled Live Green / Work Green. It is being designed to provide students from NYU (numbering more than 40,000), and other schools, the opportunity to learn about ways they can pursue environmentally sustainable paths in both their professional and personal lives. The conference will bring together a variety of sustainability professionals to engage with the NYU student community around Live Green / Work Green themes with a strong focus on how to make a lifelong commitment to sustainability through both work and lifestyle choices.


GREEN CAREER PANELS: A series of panels will introduce students to various green careers and will include representatives from business, non-profits and government. From government leaders to environmental attorneys and scientists to marketing specialists and corporate sustainability officers, students will have the opportunity to learn from and engage with professionals who have found a way to integrate and express their personal beliefs in their work. Speakers will include:


Peter Lehner, Executive Director of NRDC

Andrew Revkin, writer for the New York Times' Dot Earth blog and Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University

Chris Collins, Executive Director of Solar One

Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Durst Organization (the developers of One Bryant Park and 4 Times Square), and many more!

GREEN LIFESTYLE EXHIBITS: The exhibits will provide a platform for companies to engage the NYU community around a variety of sustainable products, services, and initiatives. The all-day exhibition area will focus primarily on green lifestyle choices (e.g., green products, environmental advocacy campaigns) provided by participating companies and organizations, while the afternoon reception and career fair will publicize various green jobs and internships.

GREEN CAREER FAIR: Employers with job and internship opportunities related to sustainability will be in attendance to provide information on their positions and talk to interested students about their career goals.

Sample timeline for the conference:

  • 9:30 – Exhibitor area opens
  • 9:30-10:15 – Panel 1: Sustainability in the Non-Profit Field
  • 10:30-11:15 – Panel 2: Sustainability in Government
  • 11:30-12:15 – Panel 3: Sustainability in Business
  • 12:30-1:30 – Keynote Speaker
  • 1:30-3:00 – Networking reception and career fair
  • 3:00 – Closing remarks and exhibitor area closes

If you'd like to get involved as an exhibitor or panelist, contact John Oppermann at [email protected]





Youth 21: Building an Architecture for Youth Engagement in the UN Sytem

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The Youth 21: Building an Architecture for Youth Engagement in the UN System report explores how youth have been historically engaged within the UN system. The report highlights both the challenges and the successes of youth’s engagement, and building on these, proposes three possible models of engagement, and suggest the way forward for the UN system and the member states.

Meet the President of the United Nations General Assembly at its 68th session: John William Ashe

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Dr. John William Ashe

President of the United Nations General Assembly at its 68th Session

Dr. John William Ashe (born 20 August 1954) is the President of the United Nations General Assembly at its 68th session. He was also the ambassador to the United Nationsfor Antigua and Barbuda. His position was last confirmed on 3 May 2004. He is also his country’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and has ministerial responsibility for WTO and sustainable development matters.

Early Life

Dr. Ashe was born in St. John's, Antigua. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, St. Mary's University, Halifax, Canada, and the Technical University of Nova Scotia at Halifax. He holds a Ph.D in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.[3][4] His parents did not complete high school. His paternal grandfather was illiterate and his mother, in turn, was a descendant of slave plantation owners in Barbados. As such Ashe was the first in his family to attend university.

Antiguan representative at the UN

From 1989 to 1995, he worked for his country’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations as Scientific Attaché, Counsellor and Minister Counsellor. Between 1995 and 2004, he was Antigua and Barbuda's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He served as Chairman of the thirteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, which met at United Nations Headquarters on 11–22 April 2005. He also led negotiations on budgetary and administrative matters within the Conventions on biological diversity and desertification, the Basel Convention, and the Montreal Protocol, and served on the Executive Boards of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

In April 2009, he was elected chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP), and was responsible for overseeing negotiations leading up to and including the final phase at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.


Towards the end of 2011, he was the consensus candidate of all 33 GRULAC members states to be the president of the 68th session of the UNGA, thus not necessitating an election unlike the previous year.

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Advancing Regional Recommendations on Post-2015 - Outcome Delivered to GA Special Event on MDGs

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Dear all,


Thank you for registering to attend the event "Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda," convened by the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) in partnership with the Post-2015 Development Planning Team of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. This event, held 22 September in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at UN Headquarters, brought together more than a thousand civil society representatives with Member States and UN staff - the largest single gathering of civil society in the post-2015 discussions thus far.

We are pleased to announce the publication of our report, Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the synthesis of a four-month consultation with regional civil society networks. This report, which was launched during the 22nd September event, can be downloaded at http/ We invite you to share your reflections on the report, by email to [email protected]. Commentaries will be compiled and published by UN-NGLS, via a designated page soon to be launched on the World We Want web platform.

An article on the 22 September event, with photos, links to the webcast archive, speakers' bios, and links to speakers' statements is available here:


The outcome report of the 22 September dialogue, along with the regional consultation report, was delivered and distributed at the General Assembly Special Event on the MDGs, on 25 September. For more information, see this article:


Thank you again for your interest in the event. To keep informed of UN-NGLS activities, and to receive our biweekly update with analysis and upcoming events related to the UN and civil society, please sign up for our email list here:


Best regards,



Fifth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

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25 November 2013 - 27 November 2013


Sustained and inclusive economic growth, macroeconomic policy questions (including international trade, international financial system and external debt sustainability), infrastructure development and industrialization.

Side Events

The Secretariat will make arrangements for a limited number of lunch-time side events during the Fifth Session of the Open Working Group

on Sustainable Development Goals.

Please click here for the guidelines and request form for organizers of side events.

Sustainable Development Goals

One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference was the agreement by member States to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post 2015 development agenda (click here for information on different work streams). It was decided establish an "inclusive and transparent intergovernmental process open to all stakeholders, with a view to developing global sustainable development goals to be agreed by the General Assembly".

In the Rio+20 outcome document, member States agreed that sustainable development goals (SDGs) must:

1. Be based on Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.

2. Fully respect all the Rio Principles.

3. Be consistent with international law.

4. Build upon commitments already made.

5. Contribute to the full implementation of the outcomes of all major summits in the economic, social and environmental fields.

6. Focus on priority areas for the achievement of sustainable development, being guided by the outcome document.

7. Address and incorporate in a balanced way all three dimensions of sustainable development and their interlinkages.

8. Be coherent with and integrated into the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015.

9. Not divert focus or effort from the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

10. Include active involvement of all relevant stakeholders, as appropriate, in the process.

It was further agreed that SDGs must be:

  • Action-oriented
  • Concise
  • Easy to communicate
  • Limited in number
  • Aspirational
  • Global in nature
  • Universally applicable to all countries while taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities.


The outcome document further specifies that the development of SDGs should:

  • Be useful for pursuing focused and coherent action on sustainable development
  • Contribute to the achievement of sustainable development
  • Serve as a driver for implementation and mainstreaming of sustainable development in the UN system as a whole
  • Address and be focused on priority areas for the achievement of sustainable development


The Rio+20 outcome document The Future We Want resolved to establish an inclusive and transparent intergovernmental process on SDGs that is open to all stakeholders with a view to developing global sustainable development goals to be agreed by the UNGA. The outcome document mandated the creation of an inter-governmental Open Working Group, that will submit a report to the 68th session of the General Assembly containing a proposal for sustainable development goals for consideration and appropriate action. The outcome document specifies that the process leading to the SDGs needs to be coordinated and coherent with the processes considering the post 2015 development agenda and that initial input to the work of the Open Working Group will be provided by the UNSG in consultation with national governments.

Programme of Work 2013-2014 click here.

Outcome Report of "Advancing Regional Recommendations on Post-2015" Delivered to General Assembly Special Event on Millennium Development Goals

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On 25 September 2013, the outcome report of the 22 September Dialogue between Civil Society, Governments, and UN Representatives was delivered and distributed at the General Assembly Special Event on Millennium Development Goals. The outcome of the event, along with the report Advancing Regional Recommendations for the Post-2015 Development Agenda synthesizing contributions from regional civil society networks to the UN-NGLS consultation, formed a substantive input into the General Assembly Special Event.

More information is available here.

Advancing Regional Recommendations on Post-2015 event brings together one thousand representatives of civil society, governments, and the UN

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On 22 September at UN Headquarters in New York, UN-NGLS and the Post-2015 Development Planning Team of the EOSG organized an open dialogue on critical regional issues and policy recommendations, looking forward to the next global development agenda.

This event convened the largest single gathering of civil society in the post-2015 process to date.

The event summary, including webcast links, photos, speakers' bios, and links to statements, is available here.


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